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Council seeks more options for community center

Council seeks more options for community center


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The Los Altos City Council approved an appropriation to examine options for a new community center to replace the aging Hillview facility.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted narrowly in favor of examining further opti...

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Schools

Local schools participate in  national Hour of Code activities

Local schools participate in national Hour of Code activities


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Himan Shu Raj, a volunteer from Microsoft, advises Los Altos High ninth-graders, from left, Serhat Suzer, Jamie Bennett and Chris Yang as they participate in the school’s Hour of Code Showcase.

Local schools participa...

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Community

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project

Rotary marks 25th anniversary of AIDS project


John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating the anniversary of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project are, from left, front row: Greg Hoblit, Dude Angius, Mary Prochnow and Robin Young. Back: Greg Betts, Joe Renati, Roy Lave, Bob Berka, Dic...

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Sports

Pinewood poised for another title run

Pinewood poised for another title run


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood’s girls basketball team is receiving contributions from several new players, including freshman Stella Kailahi, above.

Complacency shouldn’t be a problem for the defending Division V state champion Pinewood S...

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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were th...

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Special Sections

Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead


s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in...

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Business

Your 2015 stock market game plan

It’s been a maddening month because of oil and gas, especially in stocks and bonds. Then, consumer spending pushed stocks higher Thursday, easing investors’ jitters about the global economy and prompting them to consider how to invest in ...

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Books

Gawande's

Gawande's "Being Mortal" proves an important book on aging


Books about death and dying are usually not on my list of “must reads.”

I couldn’t resist, however, the best-selling “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

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People

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

SANGEETA SACHDEVA

Sangeeta Sachdeva, 55, wife of Subhash Sachdeva and mother to Natasha and Tanya, died at 8:54pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014 from respiratory failure.

Sangeeta was born on October 18, 1959 in Delhi, India. She was born to Moti Sagar and Raj Kapoor an...

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Travel

South Tahoe renovations enhance off-mountain seasonal fun

As any enthusiast knows well, there is more to the enjoyment of winter sports than skiing or snowboarding.

While many winter resorts make minor upgrades each season, the off-mountain attractions and amenities can be as enticing as the activities on ...

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Stepping Out

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday

Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pal...

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Spiritual Life

Enter the superhero: Finding the God who loves you

In my life-coaching practice, I see a lot of pain. Much of it stems from fear and guilt, often expressed as low self-esteem, anxiety, a lack of forgiveness both for oneself and others, anger – and so on.

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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BCS expands board with two new members

The Bullis Charter School Board of Directors added two new members to its ranks, expanding from seven members to nine.

The addition of Jennifer Carolan and Sang Yoo reflects the growth of the school in recent years, as registration tops 600 students.

“Jennifer and Sang both bring great insights into public education and, as parents of Bullis students, they truly understand the needs of our students and teachers,” said Ken Moore, board chairman. “Enrollment continues to increase as we enter our 10th year as a charter school, and the added support from Jennifer and Sang will help us continue to provide an innovative education for all of our students.”

Carolan has been a presence in public education across Silicon Valley since she began teaching in the Palo Alto Unified School District 10 years ago. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University, where she also taught Innovations in Teaching at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Carolan is currently a managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy fund focused on transforming public education so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed. She oversees the company’s Seed Fund, which provides capital to early-stage education technology companies. She serves on the boards of Equal Opportunity Schools and BetterLesson.

“With her experience working with education ventures, Jennifer is very accustomed to thinking in new directions and finding fresh solutions, and those skills will be a tremendous asset to Bullis,” Moore said.

Yoo has been a parent volunteer at Bullis Charter School for the past five years and recently served as chairwoman of the Bullis Boosters Club. She previously held hardware engineering and management positions at several technology companies that produced microprocessors and workstations for professional and technical applications. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

“Because Sang has been a key part of the Bullis culture over the past five years, she is tremendously knowledgeable about almost every facet of the campus and its programs and curriculum,” Moore said. “There’s not a resource we have that she isn’t aware of, and we’ll be able to make the most of everything we have with her ideas and insights.”

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